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Appointment of Scientific Directors and Director EWUU Education to strengthen the alliance between Eindhoven, Wageningen and Utrecht

Ines Lopez Arteaga, Huub Rijnaarts, Roel Vermeulen

The alliance of TU/e, WUR, UU, and UMC Utrecht (EWUU) has appointed two Scientific Directors and a Director EWUU Education to strengthen the collaboration between the four institutes in Eindhoven, Wageningen and Utrecht.

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Number of animal experiments at Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht again virtually unchanged

At work in a laboratory

The number of animal experiments at Utrecht University and the UMC Utrecht has remained almost the same this year. There is a minimal decrease from 20.576 in 2021 to 20.436 in 2022. This appears from the joint 2022 Annual Report on Animal Experiments. 

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UMC Utrecht investigates the link between RSV infection and chronic respiratory tract disease

UMC Utrecht will lead an international consortium that will try to answer a key question that’s in the mind of many pediatricians, infectiologists, pulmonologists and other health professionals: “Why are children that had an RSV infection in early childhood at increased risk of developing asthma later in life?”

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Six Veni grants for researchers at UMC Utrecht


The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) today awarded 188 promising young scientists a grant of up to € 280,000 through a Veni funding (Veni round 2022). Among them are six researchers from UMC Utrecht. With this grant, the laureates can further develop their own research ideas for the next three years.

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Lodewijk van Rhijn appointed professor of Orthopedics

Lodewijk van Rhijn

Professor Lodewijk van Rhijn made the switch from MaastrichtUMC+ to UMC Utrecht last year, and has been appointed professor of Orthopedics since 15 July. In his assignment, a lot of attention is paid to health care organization (e.g. Integraal Zorg Akkoord), regenerative medicine and biofabrication; important themes within UMC Utrecht.

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Call to politicians: Healthy future for The Netherlands

Two men on racing bicycles in the forest.

With the election manifesto 'Healthy future for The Netherlands', the Dutch Federation of University Medical Centers today appeals to politicians on behalf of all umc's.

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Oscar Franco appointed Professor of Public Health

Oscar Franco

Professor Franco, who has been working at the Julius Center since October 2022, will focus on prevention as of July 15 as newly appointed Professor of Public Health. Prevention is an important theme for UMC Utrecht, and this chair strengthens both its academic underpinning and its application.

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Major step forward in treating patients with kidney failure

Peter Blankestijn

Researchers have shown that a new dialysis method, hemodiafiltration, is a better therapy for patients with kidney failure than hemodialysis. With this dialysis therapy, the risk of death decreases by 23 percent. This is according to a European study led by Peter Blankestijn, nephrologist, and Michiel Bots, MD-epidemiologist from UMC Utrecht. The results of this study appear today in The New England Journal of Medicine. It is a major step forward in the treatment of patients with kidney failure. It is expected to lead to wider global application of hemodiafiltration.

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EU funds consortium for technology towards the development of an artificial kidney

From bulky telephones, fax machines, cameras and radios to a smartphone that contains it all: technological advancements have revolutionized many aspects of our lives in the past fifty years. For kidney patients, however, life has remained the same in one major aspect: the dialysis treatment that they rely on for their survival. It’s time for this to change, as the growing prevalence of chronic kidney disease poses a heavy burden on patients’ lives, and, at €90K per patient per year, also a financial stress on an already straining European healthcare system.

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Preventive health: urgent and impactful for all researchers

Roel Vermeulen

Healthcare is under pressure: costs are rising and the quality of care is under threat. Major crises are coming to the fore, such as climate change, which have significant consequences on the population’s health. Roel Vermeulen, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Exposome Science (UU) warns, "It's five to twelve. More attention to preventive health can help reduce the pressure on the front end, but this requires proven, effective solutions.

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